Not Just For Kids: Healthy Snacks That Taste Good

Too often, we concern ourselves with the food that our kids and their friends are eating for meals and snacks. But as adults, don’t we deserve healthy snacks that also taste really good? Here are a variety of simple ways to load your diet with healthy snacks throughout your busy days.

Edamame Guacamole Recipe

What Makes a Snack Healthy?

When late afternoon hits and dinner is still a ways off, our hunger can interfere with choosing a healthy snack. Use these guidelines to combat hunger and choose nutritious items that will help you feel satisfied:

  • Keep it to 200 calories to avoid overeating but keep metabolism steady
  • Eat a snack that has less than 12 grams of fat and at least 5 grams of protein
  • Try to sneak in 3 grams of fiber, which absorbs water to help you feel full, digests slowly over time and helps maintain a good energy level

Experiment with Edamame

Whether in the pod or dry roasted, edamame is a wonderful snack option for any time of the day. Full of fiber and protein, edamame is low in fat and easy to pack in a lunch bag or in the car for a healthy snack on the go. There are also many kinds of edamame that have been combined with flavors, such as barbecue or wasabi, or serve them lightly salted and popped from their pods!

Fruits and Nuts

There’s a reason why those who enjoy the outdoors have packed trail mix for decades. The mixture of fruits and nuts provide an ideal balance of sweet and salty flavors without adding any unnecessary fat. Count out around seven or eight dry-roasted almonds, pecans or walnut halves to limit fat content, and combine with a small serving of dried or fresh fruit for a delicious and healthy snack.

Incredible Eggs

The egg isn’t just for breakfast! Cook up a stash of hardboiled eggs to keep in your refrigerator, then peel and eat for a quick snack with a pinch of salt. To add fiber and protein, mash up a hardboiled egg with a teaspoon of mayonnaise and/or mustard and spread on a piece of whole wheat bread or eat with whole wheat crackers.

Homemade Hummus

Although convenient to purchase, hummus is also really easy to make at home. Combine cooked chickpeas with olive oil and garlic, along with salt and spices as desired, to fill your grumbling stomach. This filling and hearty snack can be eaten with whole wheat pita bread or sliced carrots and cucumbers to keep the fat content low, and control the serving size – two tablespoons is plenty.

Turn to Soup

Soup is both easy to make and transport, plus it makes a healthy and filling snack. Hearty soups like lentil or black bean contain large amounts of both fiber and protein, plus they’re low in fat. To increase your vegetable intake, make sure your soup choices are full of foods like carrots, celery and green beans for more variety.

The next time you reach for a snack, remember to choose foods that are both healthy and nutritious!

Kelly Wilson is a freelance writer who chooses healthy snacks to get her through the work day. For healthy options when dining out, visit BJ Willy’s, a restaurant in West Linn, Oregon.
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